Young, ambitious small-towners emerge as face of television

first_imgIn the picture: Popular small-screen actors at the Zee TV studiosJuhi Parmar literally croaks over the phone. The self-confessed “TV star” is down with a bad throat and flu. But no, she’s not at home languishing in bed. Parmar is busy straddling sets. “I will keep shooting till I die,”,In the picture: Popular small-screen actors at the Zee TV studiosJuhi Parmar literally croaks over the phone. The self-confessed “TV star” is down with a bad throat and flu. But no, she’s not at home languishing in bed. Parmar is busy straddling sets. “I will keep shooting till I die,” she exclaims.”Deadlines are my life.” The lead in Kumkum, a daily soap on Sony TV, she counts herself among the few newcomers to have bagged title roles twice-she was also in Shaheen, a serial that aired on Sony.Like many small-towners who flock to Mumbai with pennies in their pockets and stars in their eyes, Parmar moved in from Jaipur to a rented flat in Andheri, alone but resolute.Today, she brags, she may not sleep nights after pitiless 20hour shifts but she has a following among viewers and soapbox aspirants alike. She croaks again: “I never thought I would be so well-off so soon in life.” And she is only 22.She is like Saakshi Tanwar, the archetypal idealistic bahu in Balaji Telefilms’ Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii on Star Plus. Shooting “35 day months” and “25 hour days”, Tanwar is perennially on her toes. “Thankfully people only see our faces,” laughs Tanwar. “They don’t know that my feet are swollen from all the standing.”It’s a hard act playing leads in two family soaps-she is also on Devi, a half-hour weekly on Sony. What started as a Rs 500-a-month hobby for the Alwar-born arts graduate and IAS aspirant from Delhi’s Lady Shri Ram College, is now a “highly-paying” profession.advertisementIn the picture: 1,500 young aspirants turned up for Balaji Telefilms’ audition at a Delhi collegeAmong television’s highest paid stars today (Rs 25,000 a day and above), she now has her own apartment in Malad, Mumbai. Tanwar is also in demand for store-openings, stage shows and endorsements.Tanwar is not just a model bahu but also a role model for the many Pretty Young Things and small-screen ingenues trooping to TV studios every day for quick bucks, overnight fame and prime-time recognition.Over the past six months, every channel worth its name has had its share of slicker serials that look and cast younger stars. Take Love Marriage, Kittie Party and Lipstick on Zee, Kyun Hota Hai Pyarrr, Sanjivani and Krisshna Arjun on Star, Par Is Dil Ko Kaise Samjhaye and Kumkum on Sony As TV producer Vinta Nanda attests, “TV is a new employment opportunity for this country. With so many serials, producers are constantly looking for fresh faces.”Enter the telly brats, a young, brazen and ambitious lot that’s emerging as the face of evening television. “There are candidates as young as 14 and 15 walking into my office every day,” says Aditya Narain Singh, owner of Contiloe Films that produces Krisshna Arjun and Shh? Koi Hai for Star.Says Star’s Sameer Nair: “Every three-four years, there’s a new crop of actors that rule for another three-four years. It’s like cinema where you have not just the Khans but also a Dino Morea or an Arjun Rampal now.”The iconic status of the Smriti Malhotras, Aman Vermas and Amarr Upadhyays of the TV world has literally spawned a new generation of wannabe actors and almost-there stars on the small screen horizon.Take Shveta Salve, who juggles roles in two soap operas: Lipstick and Kittie Party on Zee, half an hour of each every other day. The 20-something has no family background in films to speak of-her father is a pilot with Air-India-but she has been on TV for over two years now, as a model (she was a Gladrags runner-up in 1999) and on serials like Hip Hip Hurray, Khamoshi, Sansar and Par Is Dil Ko Kaise Samjaye. She says she’s in it because “people know who the hell you are and it’s so lucrative”.Centrestage: A young hopeful aims for the stars at a Balaji Telefilms’ auditionThe little big stars of yesterday- Kanwaljeet, Shekhar Suman, Archana Puran Singh, Navneet Nishan and Pallavi Joshi-may have had to spread themselves thin because they were the only talent available. They also had to work doubly hard. For today’s stars, there are faster roles, recognition, and more money on the make. Changing scripts and a-serial-a-week dictate a multitude of part- and full-time acting jobs as sisters, brothers, villains, vamps.In a way, the newcomers churned out by the Balaji factory encouraged other production houses to do the same: give absolute novices acting jobs at nominal wages. At this moment there are thousands of portfolios floating in the databases of production firms, and at least 2,000 pilot episodes doing the rounds in the industry. Young, inexpensive actors drive the economics of TV.advertisementFor upstarts, it means fast money overnight (Rs 1,500-3,000 an episode). Plus, there’s also the promise of a career in films, as the Manoj Bajpais, R. Madhavans and Ashutosh Ranas found before them. To top that, there are alternative careers like modelling. Top TV stars get as much as Rs 1.25 lakh for guest appearances at stage shows and store openings.The competition is also bigger. Newcomers are increasingly being pitched against talent from TV’s more glamorous cousin, Bollywood, where even the Karisma Kapoors and the Sridevis are announcing small-screen debuts. So the freshers straddle channels, drawing Rs 2,000 to Rs 30,000 an episode, sporting airs that match the movie stars. They work 16-hour double shifts and only get enough time to catch reruns of their own serials.The auditions are eye-openers themselves. A recent Balaji Telefilms’ audition at the Atma Ram Sanatan Dharam College, Delhi, was pandemonium with over 1,500 young aspirants showing up. A corollary of auditions is the growing portfolio business. Photographers charge Rs 10,000 and upwards for a handful of pictures. Kanchan Mirchandani, 27, now in Love Marriage on Zee, got a portfolio done by Dabboo Ratnani for Rs 16,000 when she was still a college-goer.Themore visible TV stars are deluged with offers. But they are not always flattering. When Tanwar got an offer to play Akshay Kumar’s bhabhi in a film, she promptly refused. “I told them to call me two years later,” says Tanwar. With two lead roles and sufficient TV mileage, Tan-war is looking at nothing less than a lead role in Bollywood.But at a time when evening television itself is running a risk of being typecast as emotion-charged family sagas, producers are trying other things. Mozez Singh, the 28-year-old producer of Love Marriage on Zee, says he made the serial to deliberately target “the MTV generation that does not watch soaps on TV”. So Singh auditioned 150 girls from across the country to find Aditi Pratap, Mirchandani, Sheeba Chadha and Tisca Chopra to play his leading ladies, all in their 20s.It explains why colleges are good poaching grounds for TV. Hussain K. K, 25, the male protagonist on Star’s Remington Steele-inspired detective serial Krisshna Arjun, was enacting plays at Mumbai’s Jai Hind College when it struck him to try television. Today, he is in four shows: Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhie Bahu Thi, Kisme Kitna Hai Dum, Kumkum and Krisshna Arjun.”There is better work on TV than films these days,” says Hussain, who drives a black Esteem to work. But does having too much of new talent bode well for TV? “A t times, no,” says Anirudhya Mitra, creative director, UTV. “The actors take on too much work because there is so much insecurity. And they end up losing focus. You can tell that some of them are here only to have a blast.”Bristles Achint Kaur, 32, who started out seven years ago with the hit serial Banegi Apni Baat and is now on Parchaaiyan on Sahara and one of eight leads in Kittie Party on Zee, “There is a mad rush of new actors. But TV has not evolved.” But young producers like Singh disagree and look at the new telly babes as a positive trend: “We are the New TV.” As in all such businesses, the TRPs will have the final say.advertisementlast_img read more

Alastair Cook seeks clarity from ICC on ball-shining practice

first_imgThe age-old practice of shining the cricket ball has become a “grey area” and the game’s governing body must provide clarity to end the prevailing confusion, England captain Alastair Cook said on Friday.The method, ostensibly to generate more swing with the ball with one shiny side, has come under scrutiny after South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was declared guilty of ball-tampering by the International Cricket Council (ICC) earlier this week.Television footage appeared to show du Plessis applying saliva to the ball while sucking on a sweet during the Hobart Test against Australia but the Proteas captain has decided to appeal the ICC decision which cost him his entire match fees.England paceman Chris Woakes rued lack of clarity on the issue on Thursday and his views were echoed by Cook ahead of their third Test against India beginning on Saturday.”I think Woakesey summed up quite nicely yesterday, it is a bit of a grey area at the moment,” Cook told reporters at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium. (ICC ‘disappointed’ with Faf du Plessis appeal)”Players are slightly uncertain at the moment, what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. I haven’t studied Faf’s case that closely to see if he was taking the sweet straight to the ball or did he just happen to have a lolly in his mouth.”I think the players are now, after the last 10 days, probably just looking to the ICC to clarify what is acceptable and what is not acceptable.”advertisementCook was not sure how much it actually helped but preferred clearer guidelines. (Anil Kumble rubbishes ball tampering allegations against Virat Kohli)”If they said you aren’t allowed to directly put your finger from the sweet onto the ball, it might clear it up,” he added.His India counterpart Virat Kohli was accused by a section of British media of shining the ball with sugary saliva in the first test at Rajkot even though no charges were levelled against him.”If I was doing something, ICC would have spoken to me,” Kohli told reporters, calling such allegations a ploy to distract his team.”I think it’s just to take the focus away from the series, to be honest,” said Kohli whose team have a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.”It happened in Australia when South Africa won the series. I’m surprised the issue, what I’ve been told, came up in Rajkot but there was no mention of it until we saw the result in Vizag. (Vehemently defend Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis: Nasser Hussain to India Today)”I don’t read newspapers. I was told five days after the thing came out and I just laughed it off. I don’t pay attention to all those things.”It’s just that some people are trying to take the focus away from the series, good luck to them. We are totally focused on what we have to do in this game.”last_img read more

Woodward Urges Patience with Solskjaer at Man United

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP) — Injuries are starting to bite, rivals are already pulling clear, and a former captain says it is “scary” how far the team has fallen.Six games into the Premier League and there are already signs it will be a tough season for Manchester United and its manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.One of the club’s most senior officials is urging patience, however.“It is important we are patient while Ole and his team build to the future,” United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said on an earnings call to investors on Tuesday. “We will continue to focus on the long-term strategy and won’t be influenced by short-term distractions.”Distractions like Roy Keane, a retired United great, reacting to a meek 2-0 loss at West Ham on Sunday by saying: “I knew they weren’t in a great place but I am shocked and saddened by how bad they are.”“No quality,” Keane continued. “A lack of desire. A lack of leaders. A lack of characters. It is a long way back and it is scary just how far they have fallen.”United’s worst performance of the season highlighted the deficiencies in Solskjaer’s squad after an offseason when the club eschewed its recent fixation with making marquee signings, focusing instead on bringing in young, hungry British players more likely to buy into United’s culture.It led to the arrival of 21-year-olds Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, along with England defender Harry Maguire for 80 million pound ($97 million). Out went attackers Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan, who weren’t replaced.Solskjaer now has just two senior forwards in his squad, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, and both are currently out injured.With just two wins in its first six league games, United is already 10 points behind first-place Liverpool, historically its biggest rival. A day before Solskjaer’s team slumped at West Ham, Manchester City — United’s other fierce rival — beat Watford 8-0.“We are optimistic for the future,” Woodward said. “The sale and loaning of players this summer has also allowed the manager to involve more of our young players and provide a firm foundation and culture ready for building the next trophy-winning squad.“Returning to the roots of our club’s ethos, of youth-led attacking football, is the right way forward,” Woodward added. “Everyone at the club — the board, the manager and all the staff — remains resolute in our desire to get Manchester United back to the top of English football.”United, which announced record revenues of 627.1 million pounds ($783 million) for the last financial year, won the last of its 20 top-flight league titles in 2013 — the final season before Alex Ferguson retired.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ramos disagrees with CR7 over Real’s struggles

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Ramos disagrees with Ronaldo’s ‘opportunist opinion’ on Real Madrid’s struggles Jack Davies Last updated 2 years ago 16:45 11/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) CristianoRonaldo - Cropped Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Sergio Ramos Primera División The Portuguese is wrong to claim the Blancos miss the players they sold during the close season, according to the defender Sergio Ramos does not agree with Cristiano Ronaldo’s assertion that Real Madrid miss the players who left the Santiago Bernabeu during the transfer window.Madrid offloaded Pepe, Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez, among others, ahead of the 2017-18 season and have endured a difficult start to the campaign, trailing La Liga leaders Barcelona by eight points after 11 matches.Real 11/2 to win CL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Ramos has dismissed Ronaldo’s opinion as a simplistic take on Madrid’s struggles and pointed to injuries suffered by the likes of Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane as an alternative explanation.”I do not agree with Cristiano,” he told Cadena SER. “I think it’s an opportunist opinion.”When we won two Super Cups [UEFA Super Cup and Supercopa de Espana], nobody missed anyone.”I would place more of the emphasis on injuries. The team is stronger when we’re all together.Sergio Ramos Real Madrid 2017“I don’t miss anyone. No one.”The squad has changed, of course, but some contribute some things and others have another role.”Ronaldo has scored just one goal in seven league matches this season but Ramos is unconcerned with what, by the Portugal international’s standards, is a barren run.”I do not care who scores. For me it is the same satisfaction,” added Ramos. “But he has a different role. There are a number of individual titles that depend on the type of goals you score.”last_img read more

Bournemouth v Brighton: match preview

first_img 19 Stanislas 8 Lerma Fouls Bournemouth 11 Daniels 9 Locadia Share on Pinterest 7 Kayal Reuse this content 6 Stephens Brighton 8 Bissouma 6 5 10 Ibe 30 Bernardo (s 80′) (s 65′) Corners AFC Bournemouth 2 Saltor Substitutes (s 90′) 11 AFC Bournemouth Off target 5 Brighton 3 AFC Bournemouth On target 5 Brighton Brighton & Hove Albion (s 76′) 45 55 23 Steele Bournemouth’s form has dipped after a bright start. A combination of a tough run and a lengthy injury list has resulted in seven defeats in their last eight games in all competitions. With trips to Tottenham and Manchester United coming up, this match is crucial. It also presents an opportunity for Brighton to get their third away win of the season, although Chris Hughton dismissed the suggestion it was a good time to face Eddie Howe’s side and said he was expecting a difficult game. Hritika SharmaSaturday 3pmVenue Vitality StadiumLast season Bournemouth 2 Brighton 1Referee Mike DeanThis season G13 Y54 R5 4.54 cards/gameOdds H Evens A 7-2 D 5-2BOURNEMOUTHSubs from Boruc, Ramsdale, Simpson, Mousset, Pugh, Defoe, Taylor, Stanislas, Ibe, Rico, FrancisDoubtful Francis (groin)Injured Smith (knee, Feb), L Cook (knee, unknown), Gosling (knee, unknown)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y29 R1Form LLLWLLLeading scorer Wilson 8BRIGHTONSubs from Steele, Button, White, Montoya, Bong, Kayal, Bissouma, Locadia, Jahanbakhsh, Suttner, Dreyer, Izquierdo, AndoneDoubtful Izquierdo (knee), Jahanbakhsh (hamstring)Injured NoneSuspended Duffy (last of three)Discipline Y34 R2Form LDWWLLLeading scorer Murray 8 5 Dunk 3 Cook Share via Email 21 Rico 14 Balogun 24 Fraser Share on Facebook 27 Begovic (s 86′) 1 Ryan 22 Montoya Match previews 1 Boruc resources 20 March 13 Wilson 10 Andone 11 Knockaert BRI45BOU55% 13 Gross 18 Defoe 6 16 3 Bong Lineups Share on Twitter Possession Topics 5 Ake 17 Murray 20 Brooks BRI BOU 9 Mousset Share on WhatsApp 24 Propper Premier League Substitutes Share on Messenger Goal attempts 2 Francis (s 70′) Share on LinkedIn 26 Mings Match stats 17 King 6 Surmanlast_img read more

West Ham suspend Henry amid race row

first_imgWest Ham United West Ham suspend Tony Henry pending investigation into alleged criticism of African players Harry West 17:49 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) West Ham's London Stadium Getty Images West Ham United Premier League After claims their head of recruitment said he did not want to sign African players, the Hammers have moved quickly to look into the issue West Ham have suspended head of recruitment Tony Henry pending an investigation after allegations he sent messages to an agent saying the club did not want to sign African players.The Daily Mail claimed to have seen emails from Henry speaking disparagingly about players from Africa, recalling difficulties the club had with Senegalese striker Diafra Sakho.It was reported that Henry had said African players “cause mayhem” when not selected in the team. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Sakho was sold to Rennes in January, ending a tough time at London Stadium affected by injury.It was announced on Thursday that Henry had been suspended.”The club can confirm that Director of Player Recruitment Tony Henry has been suspended pending a full and thorough investigation,” read a Hammers statement on the club’s official website.”West Ham United will not tolerate any type of discrimination and has, therefore, acted swiftly due to the serious nature of these claims.”The West Ham United family is an inclusive one where, regardless of gender, age, ability, race, religion or sexual orientation, everybody feels welcome and included.”The club will make no further comment until the investigation has been concluded.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Outlines How Much Money It Could Take To Hire Tom Herman

first_imgTom Herman walking off the field with his wife.ABC. Tom Herman is going to get paid.Houston head coach Tom Herman is likely the hottest coach on the market, with LSU, Oregon and Texas all likely to pursue him in the coming weeks/months.Herman has a pretty nice setup at Houston, so it’s going to take a lot of money to hire him. How much, exactly?ESPN’s Paul Finebaum thinks it could take $8/million-plus a season.“The university of Texas can pony up a lot of money, but they may not be the only ones, this could go eight or nine million (a season), (Nick) Saban money,” Finebaum said during College Football Live on Tuesday. “Whatever Herman’s agent wants, he can get. Houston has no shot. Houston is not in the Big 12. There’s no reason for Herman to stay at Houston, you’re always going to be the outside man looking in.”Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh was the highest-paid coach in the country this season, making just north of $9 million/season.[247Sports]last_img read more

4-Star S Lathan Ransom Announces Top 5 Schools

first_img B L E S S E D 🙏— L8 (@L8thanRansom) June 4, 2019The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Ransom has been compared to Arizona Cardinals defensive back Marcus Williams, according to his 247Sports profile.He is the No. 5 rising senior in the state of Arizona and the fifth-ranked safety in the country, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Ransom is the 72nd-overall recruit in the 2020 class. A closeup of a Nike football on the field during a game.NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 1: A general view of the game football taken during the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Kansas State Wildcats on October 1, 2005 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners won 43-21. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic four-star safety Lathan Ransom owns more than two dozen scholarship offers. As of today, he is focusing on five schools.Ransom named his top five moments ago on Twitter. He’s down to LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas.Ransom already officially visited LSU and Oklahoma in April and unofficially visited Texas last weekend. He has official visits to Notre Dame and Ohio State coming up this month.For an in-depth breakdown of Ransom’s top five via 247Sports, click here.last_img read more

Ordered 3D glasses to watch World Cup: Tweets Rayudu after exclusion

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 16, 2019UPDATED: April 16, 2019 19:02 IST Ambati Rayudu took to twitter to express his reaction after being excluded from the Indian World Cup squad. ( Courtesy by BCCI)Ambati Rayudu has ‘ordered 3D glasses’ to watch the World Cup, a day after he was pipped by the ‘three-dimensional’ Vijay Shankar in the Indian squad for the showpiece.All-rounder Shankar was preferred over the 33-year-old Rayudu for the contentious number four spot in India’s World Cup squad.”Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup,” Rayudu wrote on his twitter handle Tuesday.Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup .. Ambati Rayudu (@RayuduAmbati) April 16, 2019Disappointment knocked on Rayudu’s door when his name was left out of the squad just a few months after captain Virat Kohli had more or less earmarked him for the number four position.”We did give a few more chances to Rayudu but Vijay Shankar gives three dimensions. He can bat, if the conditions are overcast, he can bowl, plus he is a fielder. We are looking at Vijay Shankar as a No. 4,” chief selector MSK Prasad said Tuesday, justifying his selection.Prasad’s view was seconded by former captain Sunil Gavaskar, who called Shankar a ‘very handy cricketer.’On the other hand, in his quest to ramp up his limited-overs game, Rayudu had even given up on white ball cricket but he has struggled to be consistent.Three poor outings against Australia in the five-match ODI home series seemed to have put paid to his hopes. The experienced batsman also could not light up the Indian Premier League in a way he would have liked.advertisementWhile he enjoys an average of 47.05 in 55 ODIs, the three failures against Australia hurt him.The batsman was the team’s number four since Asia Cup last year. Between then and the home series against Australia, Rayudu scored one century and four fifties.A 113-ball 90 in New Zealand earlier this year paved the way for India’s victory after they were tottering at one stage.He played only two ODIs during the tour of Australia, but was the highest run-getter for India in the ODIs on the tour of New Zealand, with 190 runs in five innings at an average of 63.33 and a strike rate of 82.25.But the performances were not enough for him to ensure a ticket to the United Kingdom.Also Read | 3-dimensional Vijay Shankar preferred over Ambati Rayudu for India’s World Cup squadAlso Read | Why focus only on Rishabh Pant? I feel bad for Ambati Rayudu: Gautam GambhirAlso Read | Watch: Vijay Shankar reacts after World Cup 2019 selectionFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Ambati RayuduFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Vijay ShankarFollow MSK Prasad Ordered 3D glasses to watch World Cup: Tweets Rayudu after exclusionA day after the Indian squad was announced for the 2019 World Cup, Ambati Rayudu took to twitter to express his reaction on being excluded from the team. All-rounder Shankar was preferred over Rayudu for the number four spot in India’s World Cup squad.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Each player would have some boxes to tick against Sri Lanka, says Dinesh Karthik

first_img Indo-Asian News Service LeedsJuly 5, 2019UPDATED: July 5, 2019 21:59 IST Dinesh Karthik made his World Cup debut against Bangladesh. (AP Photo)India have already qualified for the knockout stages of the World Cup, but Dinesh Karthik believes the Men in Blue would love to fine-tune their skills when they take on Sri Lanka at the Headingley Cricket Stadium on Saturday.”I think at the end of the day a few of the batters would want to have a good hit. Even for the bowlers, for that matter, it’s important that they work on the things that they want to do. I think there is scope for improvement in all aspects of our game.”I think we’ve been playing a good tournament, but I’m sure that personally each player would have some boxes to tick and I think we’ll all be looking to do that,” Karthik pointed out.Karthik added that the team was not looking beyond the Lanka game at the moment. “Look, first up is Sri Lanka. I think there are a few things a few players would want to achieve personally and as a team as well. We’d definitely want to play the best game that we can.Also Read | What happened last time India met Sri Lanka in World Cup?Also Read | India vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2019: Ravindra Jadeja likely to play at LeedsBut talks of the semifinal are bound to happen and Karthik said that all the teams are strong and looking in fine form.”Look, to be very honest, it’s a World Cup semifinal, so I think all the other three teams, apart from India, will look forward to that game. It’s hard for me to say which team will be a threat. But on any given day any team can stand up. And that’s the beauty of a tournament like World Cup, because once you hit the semifinal mark, it’s just that one day, and you’ve got to make sure you stand up on that day.advertisement”We’re really looking forward to it as a team. At the same time, I think we have a game to play in Leeds. We’ll do the best we can tomorrow,” he said.Asked if any of the boys will be rested considering that the Indians have already qualified, Karthik said: “To be very honest, I don’t know. I don’t know what team management is thinking. So obviously that call will be taken by the coach and the captain. Until now I have no clue what they’ve decided on the team yet.”While the England-Pakistan series before the showpiece event saw the players score beyond 300 at will, the same cannot be said of the matches in the World Cup and Karthik said the pressure of performing on the big stage is always there as are the conditions which have helped bowlers.”I think it’s a bit of both. When you’re batting first, it’s about seeing through the initial phase when the ball is new and then you have the ability to decide what the par score is and try and get there. When you’re batting, I think the wicket changes a bit, becomes slightly slower and helps the spinners a little bit.”For a lot of the teams, they’re bowling cross-seam and the wicket has been a little up-and-down as well. It’s not been that easy to execute shots. Also, this is a World Cup, so obviously there’s a bit of scoreboard pressure. I think a lot of teams have fallen prey to that as well,” he explained.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Sri Lanka vs IndiaFollow Dinesh Karthik World Cup 2019: Each player would have some boxes to tick against Sri Lanka, says Dinesh KarthikIndia vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka will look to finish their campaign on a high when they take on India in their final match at Headingley on Saturday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Sourav Ganguly re-elected CAB President till July 2020

first_img Indo-Asian News Service KolkataSeptember 26, 2019UPDATED: September 26, 2019 23:17 IST Sourav Ganguly re-elected CAB President (File Photo: Reuters)The Electoral Officer of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on Thursday declared that the Sourav Ganguly-led five-member panel won uncontested as office-bearers and will remain in their positions after the annual general meeting on Saturday.Former India captain Ganguly will thus stay on as the President of the CAB, till at least July 2020 before entering a ‘cooling off period’ as per the BCCI constitution.As per the Committee of Administrators (CoA) diktat, the CAB will hold its 85th Annual General Meeting on Saturday.”I, Electoral Officer of The Cricket Association of Bengal do hereby declare and certify that the following persons have stood uncontested to the following Posts,” Susanta Ranjan Upadhaya said in a document released by CAB.This will be Ganguly’s second term after he became the President in 2015, following Jagmohan Dalmiya’s demise. Ganguly had been a part of the working committee for three years before taking over as Joint Secretary in 2014. Therefore, the 47-year old will complete his six years as office-bearer in July 2020 before the mandatory cooling-off starts.Meanwhile, Dalmiya’s son Avishek will become the Secretary from his Joint Secretary’s post while Debabrata Das will be lone Joint Secretary. Debashis Ganguly will become the Treasurer. All office bearers will take charge from Saturday, after the AGM.The CAB last held its AGM in 2015 when Jagmohan Dalmiya was elected unopposed for an eighth consecutive term. In the next year, the AGM could not take place due to exceptional circumstances after the Lodha Committee report.The Panel: President: Sourav Ganguly; Vice President: Naresh Ojha; Secretary: Avishek Dalmiya; Joint Secretary: Debabrata Das; Treasurer: Debasish Ganguly.advertisementCouncillors of Apex Council – Ardhendu Kumar Ghosh, Goutam Goswami, Joydeep Kolay, Mintu Das, Numazar Mehta, Prabir Chakraborty, Rajib Ghosh, Samrat Bhowmick, Sanjoy Dutta, Subrata Saha, Susanta Banerjee.Also Read | After proving himself in overseas conditions, Hanuma Vihari excited to play his first Test in IndiaAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Sourav GangulyFollow CAB President Sourav Ganguly re-elected CAB President till July 2020Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has been re-elected as the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Room for compromise with teachers NS premier says after meeting union head

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s premier says there’s “room for us to compromise” in his government’s showdown with the province’s teachers union over education reforms.“We have certain objectives, they have certain objectives,” Premier Stephen McNeil said after a meeting Monday with Liette Doucet, president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.“We won’t agree on everything but I believe there is definitely room for us to compromise, so I said we would meet again.”Doucet agreed the discussion was positive, in that both sides are willing to continue talking. There was no immediate word on when the next meeting would be.“We want to make changes in the classroom and we want to make sure the changes are positive for our students, said Doucet. “We really need to work together to develop trust with the government and that’s what we are looking to do.”In a vote last week, more than 80 per cent of teachers endorsed strike action to protest the province’s decision to largely endorse reforms contained in a report by consultant Avis Glaze, including the removal of 1,000 principals, vice-principals and supervisors from the union.The Glaze report also recommends eliminating the province’s seven English-language school boards and creating a provincial college of educators to license and regulate the teaching profession.Any strike would be illegal — and teachers could face fines of up to $1,000 a day.McNeil said he met alone with Doucet and discussed point-by-point all of Glaze’s 22 recommendations.McNeil said the government intends to pass legislation this spring based on the Glaze report, but it wouldn’t be introducing a bill when the house reconvenes Tuesday. The premier said he doesn’t know when a bill might come.Doucet wouldn’t say whether teachers would strike if the legislation includes the removal of school administrators from the union.“We have to wait and see what the legislation says,” said Doucet.McNeil said his discussion with Doucet also touched on an upcoming report on classroom inclusion.Classroom composition, and inclusion of students with special needs, was a major issue that was seldom discussed publicly during a 16-month contract dispute that saw teachers walk off the job for a day and stage a protest outside the provincial legislature one year ago.The Liberals eventually passed legislation which imposed a contract and also ended a work-to-rule job action.McNeil said the report would be an opportunity to signal to teachers that the government is serious about providing classroom support.“That’s the report (inclusion) that is important to me,” he said. “Our budget will reflect a commitment to this report even though we haven’t seen the final product.”Monday’s talks followed a meeting Friday between Doucet and Education Minister Zach Churchill.last_img read more

Pamela Anderson gushes about her love for Julian Assange

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Relationship status: it’s complicated.Amidst the dating rumours, actress Pamela Anderson has declared her “love” for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but she remains vague. “My relationship with Julian — it’s no secret, he is one of my favourite people,” she wrote on Thursday in a post titled “Skavlan, Sweden.”The 49-year-old Baywatch star said she was introduced to Assange, 45, through British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, calling it a match “made in heaven, and hell, depending on the vantage point.” Advertisement Advertisement Facebook “I’m also not shocked that this may be interpreted, and ‘reduced’ to just a ‘sexual relationship,’ ” she continued. “That is the easiest perception. And appeals to the tabloids.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Announcing the Top 10 contenders in the Cogeco Fund Audience Choice Award

first_imgThere are a total of four (4) voting periods during which you may vote.Voting Period 1: Wednesday 1/17 1pm ET – Monday 2/5 11:59:59pm ET Only Online Voting with 10 Nominees  + Write-InHold tight while we tally your votes!Voting Period 2: Friday 2/9 1pm ET – Tuesday 2/20 11:59:59pm ET Online Voting + Social Voting with Final 10 nomineesVote tallying.Voting Period 3: Friday 2/23 1pm ET – Tuesday 2/27 11:59:59pm ET Online Voting + Social Voting with Final 5 nomineesVote tallying!Voting Period 4: Friday 3/2 1pm ET – Sunday 3/11 8:30pm Online Voting + Social Voting with Final 3 nominees LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION .WHEN TO VOTE Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Twitter ANNOUNCING YOUR TOP 10 It’s that time of year again!Time to vote in your favourite Canadian working in film, television or digital media.The voting process has changed this year – be sure to read ahead. Advertisementlast_img read more

BC Hydro will resume Site C debris burning

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  BC Hydro will be burning debris, dependent upon appropriate venting conditions, as part of their reservoir clearing work.Areas burning will be taking place at, include;The north bank of the Peace River near the Cache Creek areaAlong the transmission line corridor south of the Peace River.In the Moberly River drainageBurning is slated for today, Thursday, February 28th. BC Hydro shares the Site C project includes an 83-kilometre reservoir that will be about two-to-three times the width of the current river. This reservoir will extend west from the Site C dam site to Hudson’s Hope.Filling the reservoir is one of the last construction activities to take place, the reservoir area needs to be cleared of trees and vegetation in order to prepare for river diversion in 2020, Highway 29 realignment, and other activities.For a complete outline on the clear and burn procedure; CLICK HERElast_img read more

ArabAmerican says hotel evicted him because of ethnicity

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Jordanian-American is suing a Florida hotel after he says he and his fiancée were kicked out because he is of Arab descent.The Miami Herald reports that Rami Ziyadat of Chicago filed suit against The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach.Ziyadat in his lawsuit says that on May 24 a hotel employee noticed Arabic words tattooed on his forearm and called security, telling Ziyadat he didn’t look like he belonged there. He said a manager apologized but an hour later came to the couple’s room with security officers and evicted them.The Westin declined comment, issuing a statement saying “diversity and inclusion are part of the fabric of our culture.”___Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.comThe Associated Press

Update on the latest in business

^FINANCIAL MARKETSAsian markets mixed, pausing ahead of Fed chief testimonyTOKYO (AP) — Asian shares are mixed today in cautious trading ahead of closely watched congressional testimony by the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 finished nearly 0.2% lower. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 added 0.4%. South Korea’s Kospi gained 0.3%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.3%, while the Shanghai Composite fell 0.5%.Yesterday on Wall Street, the S&P 500 rose 3.68 points, or 0.1%, to 2,979.63. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 22.65 points, or 0.1%, to 26,783.49. The Nasdaq composite, which is heavily weighted with technology companies, gained 43.35 points, or 0.5%, to 8,141.73. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks added 1.20 points, or 0.1%, to 1,562.59.^FEDERAL RESERVE-POWELLPowell testimony to be studied for signs of coming rate cutWASHINGTON (AP) — Every sentence Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks to Congress this week is sure to be parsed by investors who expect — and hope — the Fed will cut interest rates later this month for the first time in a decade.Powell will testify for two days starting today, at a time when the economic landscape is a mixed one: The U.S. job market appears resilient. Consumer spending and home sales look solid. But the economy is likely slowing. President Donald Trump’s trade wars have magnified uncertainties. And inflation remains chronically below the Fed’s target level.Powell and the Fed have recently made clear they will do whatever they deem “appropriate” to sustain the economic expansion — a message that traders have interpreted to mean a coming rate cut.^HEALTH OVERHAUL-LAWSUITValidity of Obama health care law at issue in appeal hearingNEW ORLEANS (AP) — With health insurance availability, cost and coverage on the line for millions of Americans, a federal appeals court seemed inclined Tuesday to rule that the core provision of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is unconstitutional.Two Republican-appointed judges on a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals peppered lawyers defending the law with skeptical questions, appearing to suggest they might hold that when Congress zeroed out a tax imposed by the law in 2017 it rendered unconstitutional the mandate to purchase health insurance.The hearing marked the latest development in a 2018 lawsuit by 18 Republican-leaning states claiming that the absence of a tax converts the law into an unconstitutional directive to U.S. citizens to buy a product.It was unclear when the panel would rule. The case is likely headed to the Supreme Court, where the same five-justice majority that has twice voted to uphold the law — in 2012 and 2015.^JAPAN-SKOREA TRADESKorean leader denounces Japanese comments over sanctionsSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in has criticized comments by Japanese officials who questioned the credibility of Seoul’s sanctions against North Korea while justifying Tokyo’s stricter controls on high-tech exports to South Korea.The issue has become a full-blown diplomatic dispute between the neighbouring U.S. allies.In a meeting with business leaders today, Moon said Seoul was committed to finding a diplomatic solution and urged Japan to refrain from pushing the situation to a “dead-end street.”He spoke hours after South Korean officials told a WTO meeting in Geneva that the Japanese measures would have repercussions for electronics products worldwide and called for their withdrawal. Japanese officials countered that the measures didn’t amount to a trade embargo, but rather a review of export controls based on security concerns.^MARRIOTT-RESORT FEESDC sues Marriott, claims resort fees are deceptiveWASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney general for the District of Columbia is suing Marriott, saying it’s misleading customers by advertising room rates without including mandatory resort fees.The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court after an investigation conducted by all 50 state attorneys general.According to the lawsuit, Marriott doesn’t include mandatory resort fees in the room rates it displays online. Consumers only discover the fees after they begin to book a room. They may also be called “amenity fees” or “destination fees.”The lawsuit says at least 189 Marriott hotels worldwide charge the fees, which range from $9 to $95 per day. It’s seeking a court order to require Marriott to advertise the fees up front.Marriott says it doesn’t comment on pending litigation but is continuing its discussions with other state attorneys general.^AMAZON-PRODUCT LIABILITYFederal court says Amazon can be sued over defective productPHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that Amazon can be sued over a defective product sold by one of its third-party vendors.A Pennsylvania woman sued after a retractable dog leash she bought online snapped and hit her four years ago, leaving her permanently blind in one eye.In a 2-1 decision released last week, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said Amazon can be classified as a seller in part because it doesn’t allow customers to communicate directly with third-party vendors.The court also said a 1990s federal law governing the publishing of third-party content doesn’t shield Amazon from liability.The dissenting judge called it an “uncharted area of law” and noted that numerous rulings in other states have barred consumers from suing Amazon for liability.^FRIENDS-NETFLIX AT&T SERVICEAT&T pulls ‘Friends’ from Netflix for its streaming serviceNEW YORK (AP) — AT&T is pulling “Friends” from Netflix to beef up its own upcoming streaming service. With new services launching, popular shows are splintering onto several different platforms.The wireless company, which owns the WarnerMedia entertainment business, also says its service will be called HBO Max.It will launch in spring of 2020. As the name suggests, it will contain HBO content, other video from the Warner Bros. studio and new series and movies that are exclusive to the service. AT&T has not announced a price.^EUROPE-HELLO KITTY-ANTITRUSTEU fines Hello Kitty owner $7 million in antitrust rulingBRUSSELS (AP) — European Union authorities have fined the Japanese company behind Hello Kitty for restricting cross-border online sales of toys, mugs, bags and other products featuring the cartoon cat girl.The EU’s antitrust commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, says that Sanrio Co. was fined 6.2 million euros ($7 million) on Tuesday because the company violated the bloc’s competition rules with licensing agreements that banned traders from selling merchandise in different countries in the bloc.The commission found Sanrio’s illegal practices were in force for 11 years until December.Sanrio says the fine will be recorded as an extraordinary loss in its fiscal first quarter financial statement. The company says it has co-operated with the investigation.The Associated Press read more

UN agency moves first convoy of Chadian refugees to new camp in

As result of military action, insurgency and banditry, at least 13,000 Chadians have fled their homes and taken refuge inside Sudan since the beginning of the year, with around 5,000 refugees settled temporarily in Habila, southeast of the West Darfur capital of El Geneina, and most of them have indicated they want to be relocated to the new camp at Um Shalaya, which can receive 10,000 people.”Some 3,000 of the refugees at Habila are living in a wadi, or dry riverbed, with no clean water, no sanitation and no proper shelter,” UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis said today in Geneva. “Priority will be given to some of the recent arrivals, particularly children, who are suffering the ill effects of not getting enough to eat.” A convoy of eight passenger trucks and one bus carried the first group of 494 refugees to the new camp, with a military escort provided by the African Union. Three additional trucks carried the refugees’ possessions and four trucks carried their donkeys, whose refusal to board had caused the convoy to leave three hours late.Together with the International Organization form Migration (IOM), UNHCR plans to organize three similar convoys per week to accommodate all those who wish to move. A rebel assault on the Chadian capital of capital N’Djamena in April further exacerbated insecurity along the border between Sudan and Chad. UNHCR reports that there are some additional 6,000 to 8,000 refugees in the border area northwest of El Geneina, spread among five makeshift camps and 25 host communities. “We plan to begin moving these refugees in two or three weeks, but we expect only about 30 per cent of them will want to go to the camp because most of them are staying with relatives or fellow tribe members,” Ms. Pagonis said.There are also as many as 7,000 Chadians in border areas of West Darfur who as yet cannot be contacted because of the continuing insecurity, she said.West Darfur also shelters many of the 2 million people displaced by the Darfur region’s civil war and militia violence. Another 200,000 Sudanese have fled to Chad. read more